So Who’s Behind This?

What can I say? I’m a nerd

Sure, I like rock and pop tunes, but you’ll usually find me geeking out to classical music and trying to belt out Broadway tunes while in the car. Music has been my passion since I was a kid; I can’t imagine my life without it. I live in the Chicago suburbs with my husband and cats. I have a large model horse collection and attend the Model Horse Nerdfest (aka BreyerFest) each year.

Lori the Nerd

Lori the Nerd in her natural habitat – the band room. CLCB and MCC combined Halloween concert 2012.

I compose and arrange music. I especially love arranging – taking a piece of music and changing it up for other instruments. It gives me a chance to introduce great music to new audiences. Thanks to fantastic resources like IMSLP, I have hoarded a ton of music to play with!

I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition from the Ohio State University (1997) and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2005).  I work as a cataloger in a public library while teaching private clarinet and piano lessons and pursuing various playing and writing opportunities. I play clarinet and bass clarinet in Winds Off the Lake Woodwind Quintet, the Knock on Wood Clarinet Choir, the Crystal Lake (IL) Community Band, the Woodstock (IL) City Band, and an ad hoc clarinet quartet.

I sell my sheet music at Sheet Music Plus (I am an affiliate as well). I’ve uploaded quite a few new pieces over the past year, many of which would work great for middle and high school players.

Check out my interview with VoyageChicago magazine!

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